For the umpteenth time in the past few months, Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy has said the franchise wants Brett Favre back … it’s not a matter of when but a matter of how soon.
In his most recent statement, which wasn’t much different from what he has said in years past, indicated that he wanted to bring Favre back before he’s inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Favre will no doubt be a first ballot selection to the Hall.
Here’s how Murphy described the franchise’s stand on the entire Brett Favre issue.
“I am often asked questions about Brett Favre, and specifically whether we will retire his number,” Murphy wrote. “We do want to bring Brett back into the fold, and plan on retiring his number. He deserves to have his number retired for what he accomplished, and meant to the Packers, during his time here. I thought Aaron Rodgers and Brett jointly presenting the Comeback Player of the Year Award at the NFL Honors program was a great first step. It is really just a question of timing in terms of retiring his jersey. The timing has to be right for both Brett and the organization. Brett will be a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2016, and we would like to retire his number prior to his induction.”
In my mind, I can’t figure out why the Packers don’t declare a date for the number retirement now … instead of traipsing out this same comment with minor tweaks here and there. It’s time to get this done so it can be put to rest for good.
We’re sure Brett would want it to get done sooner than better, too.
So, note to Mark Murphy: Get on the horn, Mark, and get Brett’s butt up here for the ceremony, stat!